RED, WHITE AND BLUE by Heather Dunmore, Catherine Comfort and Gwilym Scourfield
Performed at The Old Fire Station, Oxford
RED / Heather Dunmore
Two teenagers from Afghanistan are being interviewed to determine whether their application for asylum will be granted. Escorting them is Harry, nearing retirement and with his own wartime stories to tell. Will both be able to persuade the Immigration Officer that their individual cases are genuine?
A serious and political four person play set in a detention centre. Particular attention was paid to the realism of the piece with actors focusing on truthful characterisation in the telling of two very different asylum seekers stories. Using simplistic set design, this simple tale was performed with focus on the very real dilemma for decision makers in today's world.
WHITE / Catherine Comfort
Time is running out for a missing soldier in Afghanistan. Only Private Mills can help find him and he is refusing to talk. Can Nurse Berry persuade him to trust her and get to the truth?
A highly emotive three person piece set in the Medicentre of a British Afghan Ministry of Defence Base exploring the difficult issues of War and the expectations put upon soldiers and supporting staff. A very sensitive piece, the actors performed with realism and a truthfulness to the characters anguish. A simple yet realistic set design supplemented the performance, with actors focussing on recreating a believable performance and offering the audience a thought provoking tale.
BLUE / Gwilym Scourfield
A British patrol in Afghanistan run into an IED. For the sergeant and his Number One the explosion throws up all sorts of entirely unexpected debris - all sorts of unexpected questions, too!
A fabulously surreal piece using a 6 person physical theatre ensemble in a Brechtian style to explore the History of War within the instant of an explosion. Using comedy to shock, and stylisation to emphasise moments, the performers executed a high energy performance playing varying characters. A colourful Genie takes soldiers on a journey through humanity's past efforts at war, stating facts and questioning society and the audience watching.